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Is Our Increasing Consumption a Sign of Our Prosperity?

I wanted to share with the readership a blog that I wrote this week for The NEP-HIS Blog in response to Dr. Bruce Sacerdote’s working paper “Fifty Years of Growth in American Consumption, Income, and Wages.” I thought it was important to approach this from our “glocal” perspective in order to better …

Stefano Tijerina

The Glocal
6:42 pm Wednesday, May 24, 2017


New music including Beach House, Courtney Barnett, Miya Folick and Local Natives on this week’s West Of The Fields podcast

I premiered new tracks from Grizzly Bear, Phoenix and !!! on the show this week, while the retro alternative set paid tribute to the late Chris Cornell.

Travis Gass

West of The Fields
6:36 pm Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Mayhew’s exit

Good evening from the BDN Portland office on Congress Street. Tonight DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew is out; the Black Lives Matter protester won’t face charges; and a red tide has rolled in. What we’re talking about Mayhew is out — Mary Mayhew, who has served as Maine commissioner of Health …

Jake Bleiberg

BDN Portland
4:53 pm Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Maine Baseball coach Nick Derba previews the America East Baseball Tournament

Maine Baseball coach Nick Derba joined Aaron Jackson and Mark Paulette to preview the Black Bears in the America East Tournament and their first round game on Wednesday vs Albany.       Catch The Drive, weekdays 4pm to 6pm on 92.9fm The Ticket and streaming live at Follow …

Sterling Pingree

The Drive
4:15 pm Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Ranked-choice failure was avoidable

Well, I hate to say I told you so. But, I told you so. I tried. I tried to warn you all that ranked-choice voting was unconstitutional. Said I, in late October of last year, “The language [in the Maine Constitution], however, is not about defining the upper limit of …

Matthew Gagnon

Pine Tree Politics
3:07 pm Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Do you need a smart phone to do Weight Watchers

“Can I do Weight Watchers® without a computer or a smart phone?” This is a frequently asked question and it replaces the old question, “Can I do Weight Watchers without going to meetings?”   Yes, You can do Weight Watchers without computers or iOS or Android mobile devices. Yes, you can …

Jackie Conn

See You Lighter
2:50 pm Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Big changes, small steps

Planning for retirement is anxiety producing for most baby boomers. Contemplating this major life change can leave you feeling adrift and out of control. Learn the three phases of change and how to embrace them rather than resist them.

Kathryn Avery

Your Countdown to Retirement
2:16 pm Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Summer Forecast 2017

This weekend marks the unofficial start to summer, and for many of you, it can’t get here fast enough.  The nearly 100 inches of snow this winter is still fresh in the minds of many, and up to last week, spring hasn’t been kind to  us either. The anticipation of …

Charlie Lopresti

Check in with Charlie
1:54 pm Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Carfentanil is now part of Maine’s epidemic

Now we have a new, terrifying wrinkle in this mess.

Amy Kenney

1:02 pm Wednesday, May 24, 2017


A Gift to Myself

As I quickly approach my 40th birthday, I want to take a moment to reflect on what I’ve learned so far.  The best way I could fully appreciate my most important lessons was to write a letter to my 13-year-old self.  What would you say? This is what I came …

Kara Addington

Resourcefully Yours
12:34 pm Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Party time: Celebrate my first guidebook with me June 1

My debut hiking guidebook, “Family-Friendly Hikes in Maine,” was released this month by Down East Books in partnership with the BDN, and it’s time to celebrate! The book launch party will be 4:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 1, at Epic Sports, 6 Central Street in Bangor. The event is free and open …

Aislinn Sarnacki

Act Out with Aislinn
11:14 am Wednesday, May 24, 2017


A descendant seeks her Maine Civil War hero at Poplar Grove National Cemetery

Editor’s note: Dawn Langton of Florida is a great-great granddaughter of Willard Greenleaf Delano, who mustered with the 1st Maine Heavy Artillery Regiment in Bangor in 1863 and died at Petersburg on June 18, 1864. This is the tale of her search for her ancestor’s burial site. By Dawn Langton …

Brian Swartz

Maine at War
11:05 am Wednesday, May 24, 2017


LePage’s push for a statewide teacher contract fails its first test

After voicing tepid openness to negotiating Gov. Paul LePage’s call for a statewide teacher contract, Democrats have drawn a line in the sand that could doom the proposal. Democrats on the Legislature’s Education Committee on Tuesday rejected the bill, which was sponsored by Rep. Matt Pouliot, R-Augusta. The committee votes …

Christopher Cousins

State & Capitol
8:52 am Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Is a daily multivitamin “worth it”?

Do you take a multivitamin every day? Is it necessary? Registered dietitian Andrea Paul gives us her answer.

Diane Atwood

Catching Health
7:31 am Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Lawmakers on dangerous ground when they ignore voters

Voters are getting pummeled in the Legislature. Last year, the stalemate on important issues caused by a hothead of a governor and a divided Legislature led voters to take matters into their own hands. In a crowded November ballot, they passed four of five citizens’ initiatives. Voters said yes to …

David Farmer

David Farmer
5:30 am Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Moose referendum was hard-fought battle

The 1983 referendum initiated by a group trying to stop Maine’s new moose hunting season was contentious and hard-fought. Here’s a look back at it in a Sun Journal news story by reporter Joe O’Connor. Moose-kill Issue Draws Foes Face to Face, October 6, 1983. “Is the Department of Inland …

George Smith

George's Outdoor News
5:00 am Wednesday, May 24, 2017


What now Danny?

By Mark Paulette We New Englanders possess many wonderful characteristics when it comes to our beloved teams. We are passionate and feisty. Salty and sarcastic. And no matter how badly we may get spurned, we always remain faithful and comeback for more. Though if we have one flaw, and I’m …

Sterling Pingree

The Drive
4:04 am Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Considering a Career Change? 5 Things To Go Over First

It’s hard to conceptualize a change in your life as big as the move to a new career. While there are many people who do this every year, it’s hard to see exactly how it will affect your life. Before you make the leap to a new career, take some …

Adam Richards

Opportunity Knocks
6:05 pm Tuesday, May 23, 2017


Cheaper Alternatives to Conventional Problems

It seems that pennies have to be pinched harder than ever these days, with healthcare being no exception. While sitting back and waiting for the government to fix things is probably not going to bear fruit, there are a few ways to reduce the amount you’ll have to spend on …

Adam Richards

Opportunity Knocks
5:57 pm Tuesday, May 23, 2017



Good evening from the BDN Portland office on Congress Street. Tonight the state supreme court rules ranked-choice voting unconstitutional; a judge has ordered local media to hand over recordings related to the Sanborn murder case; and we’re frying crabs. What we’re talking about Ranked-choice voting unconstitutional — Maine’s supreme court …

Jake Bleiberg

BDN Portland
5:54 pm Tuesday, May 23, 2017


WPA Cemetery Plans Online!

As Memorial Day approaches, visions of cemeteries dance through our heads (or at least in mine, as I find more ancestors to bring flowers to…). Many Maine cemeteries have plans originally created courtesy of the Works Progress Administration, which reside at the Maine State Archives. Thanks to that staff and …

Emily Schroeder

Emily's Genealogy Blog
3:39 pm Tuesday, May 23, 2017